NCAA March Sadness: Three Teams That Could Leave Your Bracket in Shambles
Every year, it seems there is always at least one unexpected team that gets to the Dance, and well...won't stop dancing.
The most memorable "Bracket Busters" are teams like George Mason and Davidson—they danced to Final four and Elite Eight appearances.
Being a "Bracket Buster" though does not require reaching either of these prestigious rounds of the tournament.
In four out of the last five NCAA Tournaments, there has been at least one double digit seed to reach the Sweet 16. Though most of these "busters" are lower than a 10-seed, that does not always have to be the case.
This year there are plenty of teams (Cornell and Siena) that are predicted to ruin your chance at beating the boss in the illustrious tournament office pool.
Here is a list of three teams that could leave your bracket in shambles.
With Xavier being a popular choice to be upset in the first round by Minnesota, it might shock you to see the Musketeers on this list.
The thing that shocks me is that so many people are picking Minnesota to upset Xavier.
All of these predictions lead me to believe that no one watches the regular season any more, because I doubt most spectators would have picked the Gophers after watching them lose to the likes of Portland and Indiana during the season.
If the Musketeers can get by the feisty Gophers of Minnesota, they will presumably be faced with a favorable matchup with a Pittsburgh team well known for losing early in tournaments.
Prediction: Sweet 16.
After beating a Minnesota team with no gas left in the tank, I see Xavier upsetting Pittsburgh, but falling aimlessly to the fierce wildcats from Kansas State.
BYU starts off their potential tourney run with a game against the 10th seeded Florida Gators.
The Cougars enter the tournament on a roll, winning six out of its last eight games to finish the season.
While on the other side, the Gators slither into the tournament losing four out of their last five games.
The Gators enter the tournament hungry to prove that they deserve their spot in the field of 64.
Florida's motivation keeps this game close, but ultimately, BYU is the better team in this one.
If the Cougars can get by Florida, they will likely face a Final Four contender in Kansas State.
Don't be surprised if this is the game that puts your bracket in total disarray.
Prediction: Second Round.
The Cougars beat an undeserving Florida squad, but fall short to Kansas State.
This Richmond Spiders team has Cinderella written all over it.
The Spiders have to be wondering where the love is after being seeded as a seventh seed, following a season in which they went 26-8 overall, and 13-3 in a very underrated Atlantic 10 Conference.
The Spiders have already proven they can beat the big boys.
In the non-conference schedule, the Spiders took down the likes of Florida, Mississippi State, and Missouri, but earned its biggest win of the season against then-No. 17 Temple.
Prediction: Sweet 16.
After the Spiders crawl by Saint Mary's in the first round they will face Big East power Villanova.
The team that wins the battle between the two terrific point guards (Scottie Reynolds and Kevin Anderson), wins this game, and something tells me Kevin Anderson will shock America and do just that.
If they can reach the Sweet 16, they will face Baylor. The home-state advantage held by the Bears will be too much to overcome.